Corn and Soy and Harvest

On November 12, my husband and I went to Norristown Farm Park to take a walk. The temperature was right around freezing; in fact, we’d had a hard frost the night before, first one of this season.

We wanted to see the state of the harvest. As you know, this park is a working farm, carrying on a 100+ year-old tradition. Formerly part of the state mental hospital property and tended by patients in years past, it is now a county park. Corn and soy are grown over much of the grounds.

My husband had been in the park earlier in the week and observed the harvesters at work. Now that they are finished and gone, things are very different. The roads in the park had felt very enclosed by the 8 ft. tall corn; now it is possible to see great distances across the land. The surrounding roads and suburban development are visible after having been hidden for the last six months from park-goers in the interior.

Still, the park is large and in most places you can imagine yourself quite alone.

The row patterns are revealed now that the corn is cut down.

Take a look at the same location with the passing of two months:

And you may be wondering about the soy crop, as so far I have only shown corn. Our walk did not take us up into the main soy fields, but we skirted the lower edge of one I showed a couple of weeks ago. The soy looked like this in the field at that time.

It has all been cut and the fields are bare now.



About Claudia McGill

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6 responses to “Corn and Soy and Harvest

  1. It’s beautiful land no matter the season. The lyrics of Turn Turn Turn run through my head.

    • Thank you. I agree 100% about the beauty of it. I also never visit and look over the land without thinking of the history of it; there are still many buildings, some in use and some abandoned, from the time when patients worked the land, as reminders (not to mention the trout farm that is still going strong, now as an anglers’ club open to the public). I love going here and the lyrics you mention are perfect for the site. I like seeing the slow but steady circle of the year here.

  2. The land is waiting now…(K)

  3. Thanks for the farm tour. Interesting to see the before an after pictures. Where I live in Ventura County, there are more than 2500 local farms. There are farm tours in the area. I’ll be checking that out.

    • I think you would enjoy it, I love farm scenes myself, familiar from my childhood (though we did not live on a farm we lived among them). And I like learning about how things grow and animals are cared for.

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